The Philadelphia 76ers opened up their play in the 2013 NBA preseason by traveling overseas to play a game in Spain against Spanish club Bilbao Basket and to play a game in England against the Oklahoma City Thunder. With the games being overseas, though, new Sixer forward Royce White was not with the team for their first two games, most likely do to his anxiety and fear of flying.
As the team was back in the United States on Friday for their third game of the preseason, facing off with the also-in-tank-mode Boston Celtics, White was with the team. Subsequently, White made his debut with the Sixers, but to unflattering results.
White played only 10 minutes in the contest, largely due to getting into foul trouble quickly, and finished the game with only five points, three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers. Moreover, the second-year forward shot only 2-6 from the field and missed his only attempt from beyond-the-arc.
It seems that White is often in the news, but it’s rarely for anything that he’s been doing in the league or on the basketball court. In fact, last season he didn’t play a single game in the NBA, spending the year in the D-League, but still found his way into headlines with people discussing his anxiety disorder and so on.
Finally weeding through all of the fodder, though, White hasn’t looked great when he’s been on the floor over last season and in his one preseason game in Philly. To go along with his poor performance on Friday, White averaged just 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists on 44.4 percent shooting in his 16 D-League games last season. It’s also worth noting that he got into foul trouble often there, as well.
Particularly with the injury to Arnett Moultrie, White will likely be asked to play a fair amount of minutes with the Sixers this season. Obviously whether he plays well or not isn’t going to ultimately matter for a tanking Philadelphia team. However, if he doesn’t pick up his play and put in the work to improve his skill-level, it’s going to be a rude awakening for him in his first NBA action in the regular season.